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Huawei is getting a 90-day respite from the U.S. export ban. This allows the $11 billion export portion of the business American companies do with Huawei, the Chinese electronics giant – at least for now. At the beginning of the week, the United States Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security announced an extension of the Temporary General License for Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates. That means they can continue to buy goods they need from American companies. more

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Amazon is getting some bad press again. This time from the China Labor Watch, who didn't have anything good to say about the working environment in an assembly plant that produces devices for Inc. The factory has since fired 2 executives in response to a labour organization's allegations that it slashed wages and ignored laws to help deal with rising U.S. tariffs. more

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Domino's pizza is stockpiling toppings in the UK to beat the no-deal Brexit fears of disrupted supply chains. They spent £7 million on imported ingredients like tomato sauce that comes all the way from Portugal. If a no-deal Brexit comes to pass, it will mean disruptions in supply chains and higher import costs. Domino's feels the probability of shortages has gone up since March. more

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Instagram and WhatsApp are adding 'from Facebook' to their names to make sure everyone knows that they are owned and operated by Facebook. This was already done with their Workplace app. The new titles will appear in the actual titles of both apps in Google Play and Apple's App Store. At least for now, the main title on our device's home screen will stay unbranded. Are they trying to make users abandon the apps? more

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Google has a solution to their 'using the other guy's search engine' problem. They are going to charge other search providers a fee to be the Android default in Europe. Other search providers will not be amused by the fact that only the top three bidders will be included alongside Google on the choice screen. This new search provider choice screen will be starting in early 2020 when users in Europe are setting up their new phones or tablets. more

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It goes without saying that Brexit would cost German companies billions of Euros if, when and how it comes to pass on 31 October 2019. In the case of a hard Brexit, these German firms would have to pay more than €3 billion in customs duties, with UK-EU trade being cut in half, according to a new report by the German Economic Institute (IW). Consumers in Germany could face higher prices on products as companies react to the trade disruption. more